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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Tonight in Music: Berri Txarrak, Say Hi, Schoolboy Q

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Sun, Apr 13, 2014 at 9:35 AM


BERRI TXARRAK, ORDER OF THE GASH, APE MACHINE
(The Know, 2026 NE Alberta) Read our article on Berri Txarrak.


SAY HI, BIG SCARY
(Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water) Say Hi's 2011 album Um, Uh Oh was a marvelous bummer of a record, a self-pitying, morose, solipsistic collection of pop so effervescently mopey that wallowing in its sad-guy hooks was downright irresistible. Eric Elbogen—the man behind the moniker, shortened from Say Hi to Your Mom for some reason—has a new Say Hi record on the way, but Endless Wonder won't be out on Barsuk until June 17, so this tour serves as a taster of sorts. Endless Wonder's lead single "Such a Drag" stows away Um, Uh Oh's acoustic guitars in favor of a more mechanized groove, which could sound like a return to Elbogen's earlier, synthier work as Say Hi, but the tune is darker, glossier, angrier. Expect an evening of scowling, furrowed-brow love songs that are difficult to say bye to. NED LANNAMANN


SCHOOLBOY Q, ISAIAH RASHAD, VINCE STAPLES
(Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside) Schoolboy Q has called his major label debut Oxymoron alternately "classic" and "crazy." Time will tell whether the former label sticks, but the latter should be apparent to anyone following current trends in hiphop. Conceived with a cadre of producers including Pharrell, de facto Odd Future leader Tyler, the Creator, and trap-leaning DJ Dahl, the album is stylistically daring, including touches of house music, a bit of Wu Tang grit, and tracks that feel as if they were conceived on Jordan Belfort-like doses of Quaaludes. Schoolboy is nimble enough to respond to each turn, leaning in to the skids, bringing to life his tales of drug slinging and his rise to the top of the rhyme game. ROBERT HAM


THE VON TRAPPS, CHARMIAN CARR, PINK MARTINI, OREGON SYMPHONY
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway) The Mercury is your #1 source for everything "von Trapp"—and we're happy to announce this absolutely charming singing quartet (and great grandchildren of The Sound of Music von Trapps) will be sharing their angelic voices at the Schnitz. The von Trapps with special guest Charmian Carr (Liesl from the movie!) will be backed up by the Oregon Symphony, along with a relatively unknown band called "Pink Martini," who's inexplicably receiving top billing. WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY


LOMA PRIETA, FUCKING INVINCIBLE, U SCO, CARRION SPRING
(Laughing Horse Books, 12 NE 10th) Putting Loma Prieta's painfully haughty, Hitler Youth haircut, "authentic" punk personae to one side, their latest effort, I.V., is a brutal, chaotic, and cathartic scream-otional chef d'oeuvre. (Sadly, though, opening track "Fly by Night" is not a hardcore interpretation of Rush's perennial classic of the same name.) MORGAN TROPER

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